Enjoy three spectacular days of hiking near Aspen, Colorado, plus afternoon tasting tour of Avalanche Cheese, one of Whoel Foods Market's favorite Cheese Makers.
Aspen, Colorado, is blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine, world-class hiking trails for hikers of all abilities, and gorgeous high-mountain peaks. If you’ve seen photos of Colorado’s Rockies, chances are they show the iconic Maroon Bells near Aspen, a mecca for outdoors lovers.
Upon your arrival in Aspen, you’ll attend a Meet-and-Greet, where you’ll get acquainted with your guides and the region’s outstanding food producers. Each day, you’ll choose from two or three hike options led by professional local guides. Hikes include a sumptuous trail lunch and will finish mid-afternoon in time for you to enjoy a late-afternoon Tasting Tour featuring selected local producers who host us at their facilities (on two afternoons). Our final night will conclude with a local farewell dinner.
All events and picnic lunches will feature locally sourced foods, products.
Arrival Day: Pre-Hike Orientation
Join us for a Meet-and-Greet evening welcome at a hotel in downtown Aspen. You’ll get acquainted with the pros from Aspen Alpine Guides, who will lead us along trails through the region’s incomparable mountain scenery.
DAY 1: Hiking Adventure & Evening Tasting
Today’s hiking options include day hikes on the upper Hunter Creek Valley, North Fork Lake Trail, and Green Mountain and Independence Pass. The excursions will be scenic and get you into the groove of hiking at altitude. As on all days, we’ll return to Aspen late-afternoon.
DAY 2: Hiking Adventure & Avalanche Cheese Tasting
Your options today include hiking from the incomparable Maroon Lake to Crater Lake, or to Buckskin Pass area, or along the 8.2-mile Lost Man Loop. All three offer unforgettable Rocky Mountain scenery. Today we visit the Avalanche Cheese Creamery for a tour and wonderful tasting event post hike.
DAY 3: Hiking Adventure & Final Local Dinner
Now that we’re all experienced hikers, we really pull out the stops. The Active group will tackle Lost Man Loop, while the Moderate and Challenging hikes will feature an ascent of either Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest Fourteener (14,439 feet), or 14,265-foot Castle Peak (a more technical climb on which we might encounter snow).
To celebrate our hiking achievements in the Aspen-area wilderness, we’ll enjoy a final special farewell dinner together.
Accommodations: Please contact Stay Aspen Snowmass website for accommodations.